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Amazing shot: Lenticular cloud devouring the moon while Mars and Venus look on

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:31 PM - In the right light, an unassuming lenticular cloud can look like Galactus, especially when put beside the moon and a planetary conjunction.

What you're seeing in the time lapse shot up above, brought to us by photographer Nuno Serrão, is less 'cosmic world-eater' and more like 'awesome timing.'

The day before it was shot, the sky was host to a rare conjunction of the moon, Mars and Venus (you can faintly see the two planets a ways below the moon, Venus appearing brighter), but NASA says it was too overcast on the Portuguese island of Madeira to see it at its best.

Undeterred, Serrão set up his camera the next day when the skies were clear, except for an incredibly imposing lenticular cloud:

Lenticular clouds can sometimes appear saucer-shaped, and they've often been the inspiration for many a UFO tale.

As for this one, it was featured as NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day for March 2, 2015.

Serrão himself is no one-hit wonder. You can check out more of his awesome work on his website and on his YouTube channel.


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